This is a sad day for video game nerds. Masaya Nakamura, the man who invented Pac-Man has passed away at the age of 91. He was also responsible for other popular games such as “Tekken,” “Ridge Racer,” and more.
As Ars Technica reported:
“Namco hit the big time when Nakamura shrewdly purchased the struggling Atari Japan from owner Nolan Bushnell for $500,000—far higher than the $80,000 offered by Sega. The deal granted Namco an exclusive license to distribute Atari’s games in Japan for ten years and led to the development and release of original games such as Gee Bee and Galaxian.”
Here is a video of one of his games being played in 1976:
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